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A farmer named Clyde had a tractor accident. In court, the trucking company’s fancy hot shot lawyer, was questioning C

A farmer named Clyde had a tractor accident. In court, the trucking company’s fancy hot shot lawyer, was questioning Clyde. “Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine,’?” asked the lawyer.

Clyde responded, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite cow, Bessie, into the…”

“I didn’t ask for any details”, the lawyer interrupted. “Just answer the question, …please. Did you, or did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine!’?”

Clyde said, “Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer behind the tractor and I was driving down the road….”

The lawyer interrupted again and said, “Your Honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the… More






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Wood Prairie Farm News Digest

Wood Prairie Farm News Digest #108

1.        Trade Dispute Hangs Over White House Child-Migrant Fight – 06.30.14
Politico. David Rogers.  Monsanto holds up aid.

 
2.        Wolfe’s Neck Farm Secures Major Grant from Stonyfield to Launch an Organic Dairy Farmer Training and Research Program – 06.27.14
Wolf Neck Farm.

3.        Protecting Organic Seed Integrity – 06.27.14
The Cornucopia Institute. Pamela Coleman, PhD. Highlights Protecting Organic Seed Integrity.

4.        Seralini Study Republished: GMOs and Roundup Cause Serious Health Issues – 06.26.14
Food Integrity Now. Carol Grieve.  Dr. Seralini audio interview (50:23).

 
5.        Agriculture for a Small Planet Symposium – 07.01.74
 The Berry Institute. You Tube video (41:09) of Wendell Berry presenting 40 years ago in Spokane WA.


 

Wood Prairie Farm News Digest #107

1.        Re-Publication of the Séralini Study: Science Speaks for Itself – 06.24.14
GMO Seralini.

2.        Widespread Impacts of Neonicotinoids ‘Impossible to Deny’ – 06.23.14
BBC News. Matt McGrath.

3.        State May Bring in Outside Help to Defend GMO Labeling Law – 06.21.14
Brattleboro Reformer. John Herrick.

 
4.        Kyrgyzstan to Ban all GMO Crops – 06.15.14
Ecology and Farming.

 
5.        GMO Labeling: Lessons from Vermont
Organic Connections
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6.        The Impact of the Nuclear Crisis on Global Health – 05.01.14
Helen Caldicott, MD.


Wood Prairie Farm News Digest #106

1.        Steve Marsh to Appeal GM Canola Contamination Case – 06.19.14
Safe Food Foundation and Institute.

2.        The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate – 06.18.14
Rolling Stone. Al Gore.

3.        National Organic Standards Board Threatened by USDA Maneuvering – 06.17.14
Beyond Pesticides.

 
4.        ‘Super’ Banana to Face First Human Trial – 06.16.14
Yahoo News.

 
5.        Roundup Damages Sperm – New Study 06.13.14
GMWatch.

 
6.        Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup – 06.05.14
Huff Post Food for Thought. Ronnie Cummins.

 
7.        GMO Scientist Switches to Breeding Organic Cotton
Organic Connections. Ken Roseboro.

 
8.        The Problem of Social Cost in a Genetically Modified Age – 01.27.05
Social Science Research Network. Paul J. Heald, James Charles Smith.


Wood Prairie Farm News Digest #105

1.        Vermont’s Landmark GMO-Labelling Law Target of Lawsuit by Food Trade Groups – 06.13.14
RT.

 
2.        Election Fallout: Judge Says AG’s Lawsuit Against Grocery Manufacturers Can Move Ahead – 06.13.14
The Olympian. Brad Shannon.

 
3.        40 Maps that Explain Food in America – 06.09.14
Vox. Ezra Klein. Susannah Locke.

 
4.        How EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety: A Whistleblower’s Story – 06.09.14
Independent Science News.

 
5.        2 Farmers, 2 Views of GMOs – 06.08.14
USA Today. Dan D’Ambrosio. Re-use of 05.08.14 Burlington Free Press Article.

 
6.        Farmers Disagree on Impact of GMOs – 06.08.14
Burlington Free Press. Dan D’Ambrosio.  Article features Plaintiff Senator David Zuckerman.

 
7.        USDA and Submachine Guns: Latest Example of Mission Creep as Federal Policing Expands – 06.07.14
Truthout. Candice Bernd.

 
8.        Vermont’s New GMO Law May Upend Food Industry Nationwide – 06.06.14
Los Angeles Times.  Evan Halper.

 
9.        Biotech’s Assault On Balanced Journalism – 06.04.14
Huff Post, Food for Thought. Ken Roseboro.  Reuters’ Carey Gillam under attack.

 
10.     Contribution of Organically Grown Crops to Human Health  –  04.08.14
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


Wood Prairie Farm News Digest #104

1.        Australia Risks Organic Export Growth as it Struggles to Coexist with GMO – 05.29.14
Reuters. Colin Packham.

 
2.        Australian Organic Farmer Loses GE Contamination Suit – 05.29.14
eNews Park Forest.

 
3.        GMO Ban: Jackson County’s New Law Exposes Cultural Rift on the Future of Farming – 05.28.14
Oregon Live.  Yuxing Zheng.

 
4.        UPDATE 2-Australian Organic Farmer Loses Landmark GMO Contamination Case – 05.28.14
Reuters. Colin Packham.

 
5.        Supreme Court of Western Australia In Civil: Marsh –v- Baxter [2014] WASC – 05.28.14
WASC. Full Ruling (150pg).

 
6.        Marsh v Baxter [2014] WASC 187  (CIV 1561 of 2012) Judgmet Summary
Supreme Court of Western Australia. Judgment Summary (6 pg).

 
7.        Press Release: GM Farmers Win is a Loss for all Organic Farmers and Non GM Farmers – 05.28.14
Safe Food Foundation and Institute. Press Release.

 
8.        Monsanto Teaming Up With US Military to Target GMO Activists – 05.24.14
Global Reserch. Jonathan Benson. First published by GR on July 27, 2013.

 
9.        FDA Ignored Own Scientists’ Warnings About GM Food Safety
Eat Drink Better.

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THE STORY OF MAINE’S LOST RAILROAD. Deep in the North Maine Woods lie two abandoned locomotives. Here is their story.

THE STORY OF MAINE’S LOST RAILROAD. Deep in the North Maine Woods lie two abandoned locomotives. Here is their story. Caleb, Megan & Jim
https://www.facebook.com/284872377435/photos/a.286303462435/10151348541492436/

In the middle of Maine’s northern woods sit two abandoned locomotives, tracks and other rusty equipment that has come to be known as Maine’s Lost Railroad.

Full Story, More Pics and a 360 Panorama Here:
http://www.northscapephotography.com/archives/20130116-maines-lost-railroad/






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GE Label Bill

Wood Prairie Farm. Maine Legislature’s Ag Committee Approves Final GMO Label Bill Language 8-5. (05/21/13)

Organic Consumers Association. Legislative Update: 25 States Working on GMO Labeling Laws. States Pursuing GMO Labeling Laws. (04/03/13)

MOFGA. New Poll Shows 91% of Maine People Support Labeling of Geneticfally Modified Foods. Mainer Support of GMO Labeling at 91%. (04/07/13)

RSN. Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever? Corporate Interest Over Citizen Interest? (02/05/13)

New York Times. Vote for the Dinner Party. Michael Pollan On Importance of Prop 37. (10/10/12)

Appetite for Profit. Did Monsanto Write This Op-Ed Signed by a UC Davis Professor? Here Monsanto Interacts with Media. (10/03/12)

CA Right to Know. Poll Finds Prop. 37 is Likely to Pass.  Great Support for GMO Labeling. (09/27/12)

Natural News. California universities pose as bogus front groups for bogus corporate science on GMOs, organics. Political Misuse of Academic Reputation. (10/12/12)

Civil Eats. Who’s Deceiving Whom? Prop 37 Has Corps Running Scared. Dispelling Seven Biotech Myths. (09/21/12)

CA Right to Know. Monsanto promotes GMO labeling in Europe; yet spends millions to fight it in California. Inconsistant Position. (09/24/12)

New York Times. Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle. Corporate Organic Brands Aiding Biotech. (09/13/12)

Activist Post. Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study”. Smoking Gun At Stanford. (09/05/12)

Alternet. Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label genetically Modified Food. Farmer Speaks Truth on Prop 37. (08/27/12)

Right to Know. Endorsements for YES on 37. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/30/12)

Right to Know. Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto. Inventing Opposition to Prop 37. (08/23/12)

Cornucopia. Agribusiness Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/16/12)

Huffington Post. Why GE Labeling is Monsanto’s worst Nightmare. Huffington Post Piece. (08/16/12)



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Background Articles on GMO Labeling

The Manchester Journal. Most Consumers would not see GMO Labeling as warning. Study Clears GMO Labeling. (08/15/15)

Governing.com “Why GMO Labeling May Finally Win Voters’ Approval in Colorado and Oregon” Big Votes Coming in November (09/12/14)

Analysis of L.D. 718 by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

CommonDreams Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods: Whose Side Are You On?  Primer on California Prop 37 (07/26/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. Maine Legislature’s Ag Committee Approves Final GMO Label Bill Language 8-5. (05/21/13)

Organic Consumers Association. Legislative Update: 25 States Working on GMO Labeling Laws. States Pursuing GMO Labeling Laws. (04/03/13)

MOFGA. New Poll Shows 91% of Maine People Support Labeling of Geneticfally Modified Foods. Mainer Support of GMO Labeling at 91%. (04/07/13)

RSN. Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever? Corporate Interest Over Citizen Interest? (02/05/13)

New York Times. Vote for the Dinner Party. Michael Pollan On Importance of Prop 37. (10/10/12)

Appetite for Profit. Did Monsanto Write This Op-Ed Signed by a UC Davis Professor? Here Monsanto Interacts with Media. (10/03/12)

CA Right to Know. Poll Finds Prop. 37 is Likely to Pass.  Great Support for GMO Labeling. (09/27/12)

Natural News. California universities pose as bogus front groups for bogus corporate science on GMOs, organics. Political Misuse of Academic Reputation. (10/12/12)

Civil Eats. Who’s Deceiving Whom? Prop 37 Has Corps Running Scared. Dispelling Seven Biotech Myths. (09/21/12)

CA Right to Know. Monsanto promotes GMO labeling in Europe; yet spends millions to fight it in California. Inconsistant Position. (09/24/12)

New York Times. Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle. Corporate Organic Brands Aiding Biotech. (09/13/12)

Activist Post. Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study”. Smoking Gun At Stanford. (09/05/12)

Alternet. Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label genetically Modified Food. Farmer Speaks Truth on Prop 37. (08/27/12)

Right to Know. Endorsements for YES on 37.Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/30/12)

Right to Know. Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto. Inventing Opposition to Prop 37. (08/23/12)

Cornucopia. Agribusiness Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/16/12)

Huffington Post. Why GE Labeling is Monsanto’s worst Nightmare. Huffington Post Piece. (08/16/12)

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Organic Research and Documents

OSGATA. Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. 

Rapeseed rotation, compost and biocontrol amendments reduce soilborne diseases and increase tuber yield in organic
and conventional potato production systems

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2008 and 2009. 

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2010.

Breaking News.VT House Ag Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill 9-1-1. Passed Early Afternoon Friday 04/20/12. (04/20/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. Northeast Potato Technology Forum Scientific Program 2012 Potato Cropping Systems Powerpoint 

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Press Release 01/16/2012

PRESS RELEASE 
January 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Jim Gerritsen
(207) 429-9765
press@woodprairie.com
Wood Prairie Farm
Bridgewater, Maine
A Citizen’s Assembly in Support for Family Farmers vs. Monsanto

– Citizens Urged to Sign Petition of Support for Family Farmers
– Supporters Urged to Attend & RSVP Citizens Assembly on January 31st

     New York, New York – January, 16 2012 – We wish to assemble free and peaceful citizens outside the Manhattan District court in an effort to present the important message to family farmers that millions of Americans stand behind them as they seek their day in court. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets. This has resulted in onerous costs to farmers through high technology patent fees for seeds as well as burdensome litigation costs in defending themselves against lawsuits asserted by Monsanto.
     In many cases organic and conventional farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops in order to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and April 2010, Monsanto filed 144 lawsuits against American farmers in at least 27 different states, for alleged infringement of its transgenic seed patents and/or breach of its license to those patents, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. As a result of these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.
     The lawsuit OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association) et al vs. Monsanto was filed on behalf of 300,000 organic and non-GMO farmers and citizens to seek judicial relief in “protect[ing] themselves from ever being accused of infringing patents on transgenic (GMO) seed”. The judge has requested and agreed to hear oral argument in orders to make a decision of whether or not to allow the farmers’ case to move forward in the courts after Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
    

     “We are family farmers and we are headed to court in New York City on January 31 to let the judge know that our survival as farmers depends on this lawsuit,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen.  Gerritsen is also President of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, lead plaintiff in Monsanto et al v. Monsanto.  “We’re not asking Monsanto for one penny. We just want justice for our farmers and we want court protection from Monsanto.” 


     We are encouraging supporters of farmers’ rights to grow food without fear and intimidation to assemble outside the courtroom in a peaceful manner to support the farmers in their claims, recognizing that these injustices affect us all and that this case is deserving of the court’s time and attention.
     “I don’t think it’s fair that Monsanto should be able to sue my family for patent infringement because their transgenic seed trespasses onto our farm and contaminates and ruins our organic crop,” said organic farmer Bryce Stephens of Jennings, Kansas, and vice-President of OSGATA. “We have had to abandon raising corn because we are afraid Monsanto wouldn’t control their genetic pollution and then they would come after us for patent infringment.  It’s not right.”

      Due to limited space, only a small number of individuals will be able to enter the courtroom and listen to the proceedings. We respectfully ask that farmers and plaintiffs in the case be given priority to hear this case in person as each plaintiff has traveled many miles and put a great deal on the line to be a part of this case.

In the spirit of peaceful assembly and respect for the courts, we request that you adhere to the following principles:

Principles for Citizens’ Assembly
1.     Assemble outside the court in a show of support for family farmers and their right to grow food without the threat of intimidation, harassment or loss of income.
2.     Assemble peacefully to present a positive message that America’s citizens stand behind family farmers and support their rights of legal protection under the Constitution.
3.     Bring signs that portray messages of:
a.     Hope
b.     The positive impacts of sustainable and organic agriculture
c.     Solutions to our current crisis in food, agriculture and society
d.     Support for farmers who seek justice in the courts
4.     Be respectful of court security requests and follow them faithfully.
5.     Maintain a respectful distance from the court entry on Pearl Street, making sure not to block access for foot traffic or vehicles.
6.     Maintain a tone of respect for the court and the sanctity of our legal process as the judge hears the merits of this important case.
7.     Cell phones, cameras and tape recorders are prohibited inside the courthouse. Those who enter the courthouse must conform to court security protocols.
8.     No signs, t-shirts with slogans or other disruptions, visual or otherwise, are appropriate or allowed in the courtroom.
9.     No chanting or loud noises allowed outside the courthouse as all must maintain their conduct in ways that are respectful to the judicial process and in accordance with the seriousness of the case.
10.  Please follow the instructions of designated assembly captains who will continue to update you as the events of the day unfold.
As advocates for farmers and supporters of a citizen-based democracy we greatly appreciate your support for family farmers and your agreement to act in accordance with these principles in order to guarantee farmers’ rights to grow food without fear and intimidation.

Location to Hear Plaintiffs and Attorney Comment After Hearing
Once oral arguments are heard in the court, farmers, plaintiffs and lead attorney Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation will be available for comments to supporters and the media, at the Southwest Corner on 500 Pearl Street, at Pearl Street and Cardinal Hayes Place.
For those planning on assembling at 9 am, Pearl Street has been recommended to gather respectfully and overflow can gather at Foley Square.
If link does not work, Google: 45 Cardinal Hayes Place, New York, NY for location of assembly, which is the intersection of Pearl Street and Cardinal Hayes Place.

Action! Click here to RSVP to attend the Citizen’s Assembly.
Action! Click Here to Sign Our Petition Supporting Farmers

About Maine’s Wood Prairie Farm (www.woodprairie.com; 800-829-9765)
Wood Prairie Farm is located in Aroostook County, the largest county east of the Mississippi River and Maine’s historic center of potato farming.  For over 35 years, Jim Gerritsen, his wife Megan and their family have used organic farming techniques on the fertile land of Wood Prairie Farm to grow the finest potatoes, seed, vegetables and grain nature will produce.  Wood Prairie Farm is MOFGA Certified Organic, and its seed potatoes, kitchen potatoes, seeds and other products are available direct to the customer by mail order from its website and catalog.  Wood Prairie Farm is on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/woodprairiefarm. 

Additional information about OSGATA et al v. Monsanto is available at www.woodprairie.com/wpf_news. 

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